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Why Does Chicago Market Love My Buddy’s? Let Us Count the Ways!

Last night's My Buddy's Mixer -- to spread the word about why it's time to become an Owner of Chicago Market -- was a walloping success thanks in large part to proprietor Brian BonDurant (and uber-volunteer and Owner #523, Hillary Stifler!).

So...why do we love My Buddy's? Let us count the ways...

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Chicago Market Design Team Kicks it Off!

When the producers of “Incredibles 2” start casting about for a storyline and characters for “Incredibles 3,” they needn’t look any further than Chicago Market’s Site/Architecture team of super-amazing architects, designers and engineers. And that’s no tall tale.

Our Co-op superheroes...

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One ‘Big, Bright, Beautiful’ Co-op Coming Your Way (FUNDING REQUIRED!)

The “vanilla box” (architecture-speak for an empty shell) that is the outwardly restored Gerber Building now belongs to our current 1,160 Chicago Market Owners.

It’s wildly exciting, right?

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Chicago Market May 2018 Board Meeting Minutes

Lakeview Pantry
Present: Emily, Jen, Grant, Lee, Dan, Greg, Dana, Anthony, Sofia

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Why do we need Chicago Market when we already have farmers markets?

Why do we need Chicago Market when we already have farmers markets?

Good question (and we get it a lot) so we thought we would answer it.

Spring asparagus from Mick Klug farm at Green City Market - photo by Malcolm Haar.

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Owner Loans Key to Co-op Success

“Show me the money!”


Even if you are too young to have seen the film “Jerry Maguire” when it was released in 1996, you’ve likely heard the line above – the movie’s most famous quote.

In the scene, the football-player character Rod Tidwell, played by Cuba Gooding, exhorts his agent, played by Tom Cruise, to get him as big a contract as possible. It’s a classic scene – even if a bit over the top. The backstory, according to director Cameron Crowe, is that the Tidwell character isn’t motivated by greedy impulses, he is simply trying to secure his family’s financial future before his football career ends.

Right about now Chicago Market finds itself in a similar spot, you might say.

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Greetings (and congrats!) to Owners Myles Soverel and Elliot Massuda

Chicago Market is thrilled to welcome newly married Owner #984 Myles Soverel and Elliott Massuda. Learn more about them...

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If We Fund It, It Will Come: Why Building Our Co-op Will Take a Village

Chicago Market Owners’ dreams for our Co-op store have been clear since the beginning: We want a big, bright, beautiful community-owned grocery store open to all that features local, sustainably farmed, organic produce, meat and dairy products, as well as all the other staples and amenities you’d expect from your market. And because it’s a cooperative, it will be devoted to a triple bottom line: People. Planet. Profit. 

As you can imagine, it won’t come cheap.

How much money do you think we will need to fund the design, construction, store-build-out, purchase of equipment, shelving and refrigeration units (and the food to stock them), employee training, publicity…and all the rest that goes into owning and operating a 13,239-square-foot grocery store? Go ahead – take a guess.

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Ten Giant Steps to Get to Opening Day of Chicago Market – Your Community Co-op

Now that we have the keys to the Gerber Building, it’s all systems GO!

So where, actually, do we “go” from here?

We turned to Chicago Market Board member and Site/Architecture Team leader Dan Miller (Owner #485, pictured with his wife Celeste)

to learn about the necessary steps in the design, architecture, construction and getting-operational process. Conveniently, he broke it down into 10 (not-so-easy-for-us-nonprofessional-types) steps. Let’s take a look.

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Gerber Building Celebration at Nick's on Wilson

The Chicago Market community got together on May 12, 2018 at Nick's on Wilson to celebrate our signed lease for the Chicago Transit Authority​'s Gerber Building at Wilson Station!

New people became Owners! Existing Owners left inspired to tell their friends and neighbors the good news and have them also join us as Owners!

And big thanks to Nick's for hosting and to Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine​ for the delicious cheese,
bread and veggie trays.

All photos from Owner Malcolm Haar!

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